This image to the left, I’d love to have something like this in our home someday.
My husband and I, we LOVE books. Reading is at the top of our lists of things we love to do.
Generally I’m reading 2-4 books at one time (nerd alert).
Some people want all the puppies, I want all the books.
(But also love puppies)
Do you love to read? Do you have a favorite author? Favorite series or genre? Where are you usually curled up with a book? I legitimately want to know so hit me up at the bottom of this page.
On the topic of guarding our hearts and also just growing closer to God as well as understanding and knowing Him better, understanding more about ourselves as part of His creation, and combating spiritual attacks, Christian- and faith-based books are absolutely excellent resources.
Below is an ever-growing list of author and book recommendations. Many of these I have read myself and others are sitting on my shelf or nightstand in line to be read next.
And as always, if you have a recommendation, please send it my way! Gotta build that library!
– I mean, it’s THE most important book you will ever read in your life. I’ve committed myself to reading the entire Bible every year for the rest of my life.
|John and Stasi Eldredge||Beautiful Outlaw|
– Familiar with the story of Jesus walking on water? After this book, you won’t look at this story the same. This book is a must, must, MUST read. Seriously, this booked completely shifted how I was perceiving Jesus. It completely unravels what we in the Western world have adopted about Jesus through religion and takes you back to how it was supposed to be all along. John refers to the Gospels to bring you, the reader, closer to whom Jesus really is by declaring his true character and personality; not what religion or the church says but what the Bible, what the Gospels say, from the men who knew him best. As John’s friend said after reviewing the book before publishing, “This changes everything.” It did for me and I hope it does for you too.
Wild at Heart
– My husband and I read both Wild at Heart and Captivating together before we got married. We went through them slowly, taking notes and having in-depth conversations. Not only did they help us answer questions about each other but they helped us answer questions about ourselves personally. I highly recommend these two books to everyone.
Love and War
|Bob Goff||Love Does|
|Francine Rivers||Redeeming Love|
– Redeeming Love is probably one of the books (you know the ones) that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I saw so much of myself in Sarah and so much of my husband in Michael. Sarah and Michael’s story and what God did in their lives I saw unfolding in our lives as well. To say that God used this story to rip me up and put me back together is a significant understatement. But oh man was it the book that was introduced to me at just the right time (I see you God). If you have any type of sexual trauma in your past it is very likely this book might trigger you so please be advised.
|Shannon Ethridge||Every Woman’s Battle|
|Wm. Paul Young||The Shack|
|Jim Dent||Courage Beyond the Game|
with his wife, Kathy Keller
|The Meaning of Marriage|
– This is a MUST read whether you’re single, dating, engaged, or married. I read this book within the first 6 months of my marriage and it answered so many questions I was struggling with as a new wife in a Christian marriage. I now consider this book a sort of compass and incredibly important navigational tool for anyone and everyone, no matter your relationship status.
This book opened my eyes to marriage as God’s creation, as well as mine and my husband’s roles as husband and wife not only within our marriage but also within our community (i.e., the world).
Take it from me, you won’t look at marriage the same after reading this book.
|Annie F. Downs||Looking for Lovely|
|Joey Shaw||All Authority|
|Scott Stabile||Big Love|
|Frances Ward||Full of Character|
|Lecrae||I Am Restored|
|Stephanie May Wilson||The Lipstick Gospel|
|Laura Hillenbrand||Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption|
|Corrie Ten Boom||The Hiding Place|
– Oh my did this story affect me. I’ve always been interested in anything that takes place during WWII so I knew I’d find this true account of the Ten Boom family and their Underground Railroad efforts interesting and moving, but I had no idea how much I’d need it to learn about how to forgive and love my enemies. Corrie Ten Boom and her entire family are some of the most courageous people I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. I asked God repeatedly while I read this book, “Father, when I get to heaven, can I please meet the Ten Boom family and hug them all?”
|Johnnie Moore||Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches|
|Jefferson Bethke||Jesus > Religion|